The story of Kashmiri photojournalist Dar Yasin dropping his camera to help an injured schoolgirl -- reported by HT on Saturday -- has been widely read and the lensman’s act of going beyond his call of duty is being talked about on social media as well.
Several national and international publications quoted the HT report and carried the news item on their websites.
Ami Vitale, a photographer with the world National Geographic, shared the HT story on Facebook with a comment: “Yasin Dar... the best of humanity”. More than 200 users reacted to the post.
Several others shared the story as well.
On April 20, Yasin was out on an assignment in Srinagar, covering a student protest against security forces when he noticed Khusboo Jan bleeding profusely.
A Class 12 student, Jan was one of the many demonstrating in the Nawakadal area of Srinagar when a stone hit her on the forehead and cracked open her skull.
Blood splattered her white school uniform and hijab and she collapsed. Her friends panicked. There was no one to help them, only policemen and a battery of press people.
Yasin, a staffer with news agency The Associated Press, tossed his camera aside, scooped Jan in his arms and rushed to get her a cab to the nearest hospital.
The image of the 43-year-old father of two rushing with Jan in his arms was captured by another photojournalist and created a stir.
The hallmark of a best sort of photographer! This story must read! https://t.co/WPBgD7hG4x— mayank austen soofi (@thedelhiwalla) April 23, 2017
In a powerful display humanity, photographer Dar Yasin drops his camera, saves life of girl injured in Kashmir https://t.co/sbNIFWLOkW— Shaktisinh Gohil (@shaktisinhgohil) April 23, 2017
“Salute sir!!! For demonstrating what ought to be the priority,” tweeted @RajaCarpediem.
Retweeting a link to the story, Kashmiri journalist Fahad Shah wrote: “Dar Yasin, a brilliant photographer and a lovely human being.”
Yasin, whose daughters are aged 7 and 10, says what did was nothing new.
“I am not the first one to have done this. I can tell you there are so many guys on the field in Kashmir who would have done the same what I did that day,” he said.
But he is happy to be of help.
“Looking back, I feel happy that I helped her. Pictures will keep coming,” he said.
Jan got to the hospital in time and is now stable.